$100 3D printer made from e-waste by African inventor

A resourceful inventor in Togo, West Africa, has made a 3D printer from broken scanners, computers, printers and other e-waste.

Kodjo Afate Gnikou constructed the fully functional 3D printer for less than $100 (£62), even matching the efforts of mass-produced 3D printers on the market right now. But at a fraction of the cost.

Gnikou’s fundraiser page says: "Put technology into needy hands and give Africa the opportunity to not only be a spectator but to play the first role in a more virtuous industrial revolution."

Gnikou works as an inventor for WoeLab in Lomé, the Togolese capital, and designed this printer as part of a project to create useful tech that could be used on a mission to Mars.

This just goes to show what can be done with what some consider to be waste. With technology moving at such a pace this e-waste is going to become more common than ever. It's great to see it won't be going to waste anymore.